Do you, a hearing impaired person, find yourself frustrated when people say, or think (or act in a way as if they believe) some of these things:
…. You have a hearing problem? Okay, I can just SPEAK LOUDER, right?
…. You have hearing aids, right?
(Like they magically make it all better….ha!)
….. You are a little slow on the uptake.
… Can you hear, or not? (Isn’t it all or nothing?)
(Like a light switch? um…not exactly!)
…. Why don’t you understand? I just explained this.
(Maybe I didn’t hear ALL of your words, or ALL the syllables of words, or ALL of the sentences you said.)
Honestly, sometimes it is very challenging to explain again, that I have a serious hearing loss, and to be patient and gracious with folks that haven’t had my experiences.